If Kevin Durant burning the Knick’s franchise to go to the Brooklyn Nets wasn’t enough, he publically declared the organization as ‘not cool.’
In a recent interview with HOT 97’s Ebro in the Morning, Durant went on record to voice his reasons why the Big Apple is no longer a top destination for free agents due to its lack of relevance in today’s NBA culture.
The Knicks are looking to turn things around this season with the young core of Dennis Smith Jr., Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, and 2019 third overall pick R.J Barrett. The Knicks also signed Power Forward Julius Randle to a three year, $63 million dollar contract this summer in hopes he can lead this roster to better days.
Recently signed Knicks Power Forward Marcus Morris is hoping to change the current culture as well.
However, after the disgruntled franchise whiffed on recruiting any major free agents in the last few summers, it may be time to recognize that Durant might be right.
After tying their all-time worst overall record at 17-65 last season, the Knicks have a long way to go before Madison Square Garden can once again become Eden.
Durant would later go on Twitter to defend his comments against infuriated Knicks fans. Read his rant below:
Zion Williamson May Not Make NBA Debut Until 2020
When the New Orleans Pelicans won the NBA Draft Lottery, Zion Williamson became the face of their franchise before he was even selected with the first overall pick.
Williamson was the clear No. 1 pick after his incredible freshman season at Duke and we all have just been waiting in anticipation for him to hit the floor in the NBA.
Unfortunately that wait is going to extended through the new year, as the Pelicans are playing it safe with Williamson rehabbing from his knee injury.
It makes sense for New Orleans to be cautious with Williamson, as his health is the top priority for the franchise.
In his absence, the Pelicans have gotten off to a dreadful 6-17 start to their season, which makes a playoff run highly unlikely at this point.
Since the playoffs are a long shot, there is nothing to rush Williamson back for other than a Rookie of the Year race, which is of no consequence to the franchise.
Still, coming into this season, Zion was the presumptive favorite to be named the Rookie of the Year.
Now the race for Rookie of the Year is wide-open, with players like Ja Morant, RJ Barrett and Kendrick Nunn all getting buzz.
Hopefully Zion can return to the court soon, as he was already proving to be must-watch television when the Pelicans were in the preseason.
When Zion does make it back from this injury, one thing is certain. Everyone is going to be sitting at the edge of their seat, just waiting for the first explosive dunk of his NBA career.
Miami Heat Remain Undefeated at Home Behind Jimmy Butler’s Triple-Double Over the Wizards
Last season, the Miami Heat missed the playoffs by just two games, finishing with a 39-43 record.
The biggest reason for their absence in the postseason was a bad record at home, as the Heat were under .500 with a 19-22 record. Miami hoped to change that this season and set out to win more games in their building.
So far so good for the Heat, as Friday night’s victory over the Washington Wizards improved their home record to a perfect 9-0 this season.
Not only have the Heat improved on their home record from a year ago, but they are off to the best start at home in franchise history. A big reason for all that success is No. 22, as Jimmy Butler has been a breath of fresh air in Miami.
Butler gives the Heat their first real superstar since the Big Three era and he has quickly turned them into a legitimate contender in the Eastern Conference.
Friday night’s performance for Butler included a game-high 28 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his second triple-double of the season.
Butler had his first triple double in a Heat uniform on Tuesday, when he led his team to an overtime victory over the Toronto Raptors. Butler outscored the Raptors 8-2 in that overtime period, giving Toronto their first home loss of the season.
While Butler has been great whenever he is on the floor, the biggest asset he brings to Miami is his ability to close games.
The Miami Heat moved to 16-6 with their win over the Wizards and are currently slated for the third seed in the Eastern Conference.
Whether they can continue to win at that clip is yet to be determined but two things have become clear. The Heat have found an identity behind Butler’s play and no one should want to travel to Miami right now.
Bucks Dismantle the Clippers in Potential Finals Preview to Extend Winning Streak
While the Los Angeles Lakers will certainly have something to say about it, there has been a lot of buzz surrounding a potential matchup between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Clippers in the NBA Finals.
Milwaukee has been pacing the Eastern Conference all season behind the reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, after finishing last year with an NBA-best 60-22 record.
Meanwhile the Clippers have a very deep roster full of stout defenders and a duo of two-way superstars in Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
With all that being said, there was a lot of anticipation going into Friday night’s game between these two powerhouses, but the result did not quite live up to the hype.
The final score ended up being 119-91, as the Bucks just steamrolled the Clippers with ease on their home floor.
Giannis led the Bucks with a game-high 27 points and 11 rebounds, needing to play just 26 minutes of work before sitting down with the win in hand.
This game was special for Giannis for a whole different reason, as it was his 25th birthday. There is probably no better president than a blowout victory against a difficult opponent.
Especially when you are extending your team’s winning streak to an NBA-best 14 games.
This is actually not the first time that these two teams have squared off this year, as they met very early in the season.
In that game both teams entered with a 5-2 record, but the Bucks went home with the victory, beating the Clippers in a close game in the Staples Center.
With Friday’s win, that concludes the season series between these two teams. If the Bucks and Clippers are to meet again, it would have to be in the NBA Finals.
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